Decatur indoor cycling and TRX studio plans Grand OpeningLaura Wheeler and Emily Kinley stand in what will be the TRX room of Pace23, a boutique cycling and TRX studio opening in Decatur. Photo by Dena Mellick
By Dena Mellick, Associate editor
Pace23, an indoor cycling and TRX studio in Decatur, plans to open in September.
Owner Emily Kinley told Decaturish that though initial plans were to open in August, the studio, located on 138 New Street in Decatur, is now planning a soft opening for September 5.
Kinley said the official Grand Opening is slated for Saturday, September 26. “We will have a ribbon cutting and classes in the morning and a cocktail party for founding members that evening,” Kinley said in an email.
Since June, when Decaturish shared Kinley and co-owner Laura Wheeler’s plans to create the studio, Pace23 has announced the launch of its website and the addition of cycling trainer Katie Thompson. The owners have also been posting pictures of the studio as it nears completion.
Pace23 also completed its Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the studio. Kinley and Wheeler explained that the “23” in the name of the gym has showed up repeatedly in their lives from the number of bikes in the studio to the distance they live from each other (.23 miles).
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The number also happened to show up in the studio’s Indiegogo campaign: they ended up raising $23,467.
“There are a lot of fitness studios here. A lot,” Kinley told Decaturish in June. “There’s not indoor cycling, and there’s not even a specific studio for focused cardio. We’re Decatur residents, so that was a no-brainer. It’s the perfect thing for Decatur because of that intimate environment where you can build a community.”
Kinley and Wheeler say the spin classes will be modeled after SoulCycle and Flywheel classes. The studio will feel like a theatre, darkened with LED lighting.